stephanie jones

Fabulous new film

In American Dream, anti-bias teaching, classism, critical literacy, freedom, language, mothers, politics, poverty, social class, teacher education resources on March 30, 2008 at 12:59 am

La Misma Luna/Under the Same Moon This fabulous new film in independent theaters portrays the life of a young boy in Mexico living without his mother who has illegally immigrated to the U.S. I won’t give away any details, but bring your tissues and rally signs. It could make even the most conservative anti-immigration person reconsider dehumanizing laws that break the hearts and spirits of tenacious, driven, hard-working Mexicans. I haven’t yet used it with any of my courses but I will – and I will ask students to pay close attention to issues of language, literacies, and power within the intricate complexities of U.S.-Mexico relations. I will also ask students to consider the broader context of contemporary immigration around the globe and how capitalist economies and globalism is impacting social class relations beyond national borders.

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  1. Thanks, Stephanie. I will definitely check it out. I remember hearing a first grade teacher tell me about the day one of his students wrote about his immigration story–hiding as he was crossing–on the day the teacher suggested they could write about something scary.

    Anyone know good children’s books on the same subject (or on immigrant families) that you have used?

    I think that having people come up with text sets as resources may be a good grassroots way to spread the fame of certain special books. . .

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